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LETTER: Szczesniak for county legislature

To the editor: I am delighted Ed Szczesniak wants to represent the third district in the Onondaga County Legislature.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Carole left SU’s ivory tower to manage L’pool’s cool café

Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

Column: A Gift of Swans

The best Fourth of July gift ever -- the Manlius swans have received a reprieve from the likes of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The gift made by the Cheney family about 100 years ago, has been now been re-gifted by the state agency.

Municipal-run green initiatives are important for the future of the global environment

On Monday, June 22, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Minoa wastewater treatment plant to signify the completion of the newest addition to the Cleanwater Environmental Research Facility (CERF) project.

Column: Update on Deer Control

As soon as spring weather permitted it, I undertook to build and rebuild my deer fencing with the objective of excluding deer 100 percent this season. Here is what I did.

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Letters to the editor: Week of June 24

E. Syracuse deputy mayor responds to DeWitt supervisor about fire protection costs

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LETTER: Congratulations, Baker High graduates

To the editor: To the Baldwinsville Graduating Class of 2015: As a 2011 alumnus from C.W. Baker High, Baldwinsville, I would like to personally congratulate the graduating class of 2015. I sincerely hope you know how proud your community is of you! As a graduating senior from SUNY Oswego, and as a 22-year-old town councilor, I thought I might offer some advice as you transition into the next part of your life.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Construction, water chestnut removal to begin in Baldwinsville

As representatives of the greater Baldwinsville area, we want to update residents on upcoming County Department of Transportation (DOT) projects and water chestnut control efforts taking place along the Seneca River.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Don’t forget to fill out the transportation survey

I hope you noticed the transportation survey printed in last week’s Messenger. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and return to Canton Woods, Baldwinsville Village Hall, the Lysander Town Hall or Van Buren Town Hall. If you missed the survey, you can pick a copy up at the locations mentioned above. Thank you for providing this valuable information.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

This photo was taken by well-known local photographer Mark H. Chapman. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, our community was in great need of additional schools due to centralization as required by the state. The school pictured was one of the first built. Do you know which one and who the people in the photo are?

Guest column: Local urgent care provides insight on the rising concern of tick-borne illnesses 

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner bringing longer days, warmer weather and, unfortunately, tick bites. With a number of tick bite cases already being seen across all of Five Star Urgent Care’s Upstate New York facilities, transmission of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and Powassan, are becoming a concern. The best means of handling tick-borne infections is through preventing a tick bite from happening in the first place.

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Salina Seniors recap last six months

We have had a very exciting first six months. We’ve had many speakers, including Debbie Dennis from Lights on the Lake.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Fraud division investigates benefit fraud

Onondaga County’s Department of Social Services – Economic Security is responsible for providing public benefit programs to the citizens of our county. More than 120,000 members of our community will receive some benefit through DSS-ES this year. The benefits available vary greatly, from Temporary Assistance and SNAP (food stamps), to energy assistance (HEAP), day care subsidies, child support and medical insurance (Medicaid). The downturn in the economy has increased the need for these programs dramatically. In fact, 25 percent of Onondaga County’s population qualifies for assistance in some way through DSS-ES.